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Reviewed by: (iceman7)
Reviewed for: 0 950 V-Star
Used for: < 1 month
Overall Rating: 4
Ease of install: 3
Would buy again: yes
So far, so good. Installation: Installed using the "Mirror" installation of the speakers. I'm not sure about other bikes, but, on my 2010 VStar 950, there was no room under the seat(battery compartment) to place the Amp. Had to remove the decorative side panel(right next to seat by left leg between drive belt cover and frame) and zip-tie Amp to Frame. The speaker wires could've been about a foot longer. Mounting to Mirrors left about 1" of wire pertruding from tank for the "Right" speaker. Luckily, the speaker wire from the amp was long enough to reach it. The "Left" speaker wire made it about 3" past the tank. I imagine there are quite a few bikes with a longer frame and these wires wouldn't be long enough. Operation: Connecting to iPhone 5 worked right away. I've tried it about 10 times so far and 2 out of those 10 times, when the screen went to sleep, the music stopped. 1 time I had to unlock the phone and click pause then play to get it to activate the speakers(amp). The other time I just waited and when a new song started, it activated the system by itself to start playing again. I'm hoping this was just a possible glitch with my phone and it doesn't happen 20% of the time. Sound: I've only listened to the speakers in my garage as it's in the 20's here in NE Ohio. I've noticed that the volume level needs tweaked between the iPhone5 and the System. If you turn the volume all the way up on the iPhone, the sound gets distorted quickly turning up the volume on the Speaker system. By turning the volume down to approximately 75% on the iPhone, you can crank the Speaker volume up to 100% and keep a clean sound. It gets very loud(in my garage) and sounds good. The true test will come with some riding. I'll update my review in the spring! Additional info: One thing I'd like to add about iPhones & 3.5mm audio cables. I know about 10 people with iPhones and not one of them go "Caseless" I couldn't find a 3.5mm audio cable that would fit into my phone with the case on. Finally, an electronics expert suggested I just carve some of the insulation from the jack on the end of the cable where it goes into phone. I did this and it worked great. Lastly, I'm now looking for a mount to hold my iPhone 5 to the Handle Bars. I've found many that will do it without a case on my phone, however I'm not taking my "Gumdrop" rugged case off of the phone every time I ride. I could use some help finding a universal mount that will do the job.
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